Heavy metal music is most often argued to be closest to the form of
music which our ancestors used to play. It started in early 70s with
songs containing some basic power chords played on distortion, moved to
palm-muted riffs with weird time signatures in the 80s and classified
itself into n number of sub-genres in late 80s and 90s. Some bands chose
to become heavier and brutal, while some turned melodic picking up
essence of classical music. 2000s was a time when metalheads saw a new
alternative nuance in heavy metal, which is often termed as Metalcore.
This genre has become very popular especially among adolescents today
and many new bands are coming up with such kinda sound from around the
world. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, As Silence Breaks is one
such band. Formed back in 2005, the band released its self-produced
self-titled album in 2009, which was fairly received by the music
After being signed to New Justice Records two years back, ‘As Silence Breaks’ releases its second studio album, ‘The Architecture Of
Truth’, with Sam Rilatt on vocals, Ben Irwin on guitars and vocals, Dan
O’Brien on guitars, Kiel Stanger on bass and Reece Kirby on drums. The
album was recorded at Tim Lambesis’ (As I Lay Dying) studio with Daniel
Castleman, which explains the fine production of the album. The record
exhibits good dynamics in sound and proficient panning of instruments.
Whereas the atmosphere created by the album is pretty energetic and
consists of some really heart-pounding choruses.
The album exhibits a lot of progressive riffs tailored perfectly with
melodic harmonies and grooves, effortlessly soothing one’s ears. Such a
pleasant blend can be heard in the songs like, ‘Litancy Of Fear’, ‘Fire
Borne Chaos’ and ‘Decimate’. Whereas some songs such as ‘Instrument Of
Vengeance’, ‘The Warning’, ‘Transcendance’ and ‘Redeemer’ have a heavy
thrash kick-off followed by crippling verses and kinda mawkish melodic
The instrumental track, ‘Purgatory’ and the track ‘Biomechanical’ are
profound pieces which display beautiful guitar harmonies accompanied by
groovy bass-lines, which leaves you pondering. The work on guitars has
been good throughout the album. One really gets an impulse to headbang
on the heavy parts and close his eyes through the soft parts. Although
the harmonized guitars in some choruses sound a bit dull and monotonous
in a few tracks. The songs are accompanied by some really good
bass-lines. The heavy groovy bass intro on ‘Discord’ is really
The harsh vocals on the album are fairly good and have been nicely
crafted with the guitar parts. However, the clean vocals, in my opinion
sound a bit tedious and unvaried and lack the desired energy level.
Coming to drums, the drumming has been splendid throughout the album. We
can note some fine work on double bass and some superb rolls through
the transitions in each track.
Summing up, the album is quite good. Recommended for Metalcore fans who listen to the likes of As I Lay Dying, At The Gates etc.